It was just yesterday that we got our first look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Green Goblin, in the form of a bust statue. Now, I know, it wasn’t very clear, and who wants to see a blurry picture of a sculpture of a movie character? That’s right, no one! Without further ado, check out this new screen from TASM2 featuring Gobby himself. (more…)
One might argue that there’s a definite lack of enthusiasm out there for an Amazing Spider-Man 2, but time marches on and so does development. Now we already know the casting news about Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn and Jamie Foxx as Electro, but Paul Giamatti as the Rhino?!?!?! That’s new.
The potential casting was broken by The Hollywood Reporter (via MTV). Giamatti would join Foxx as the two antagonists that Spider-Man (played again by Andrew Garfield), will have to save the day from in the superhero sequel. If this rumor/news sounds familiar, you’re right. Giamatti’s long been attached to the role of Rhino in the Spider-Man films, so much so that he’s even discussed it on the record.
“The Rhino was fantastic. He was, like, a Russian guy. He was real fast and he hit stuff real hard,” he said in a 2011 interview on Conan O’Brien. “He had, like, a rhino suit on, and his face was sticking out of the rhino suit and he had a horn.”
If this is true, I’m not sure what to think of the news. I don’t think the problem with Amazing 1 was not enough villains, but the fact that they didn’t really flesh out the characters and their motivations enough. Is there going to be enough oxygen to rectify that in part two, with Peter, Gwen and Aunt May being joined by Harry, Electro, Rhino, Mary Jane and possibly Norman Osborn? And while it’s true that old standards about big casts in superhero movies having a negative has been lampshaded by the likes of Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight movies and The Avengers, the last time a Spider-Man movie started to feel this bloated was Spider-Man 3. And we all know how well that turned out…
“It’s incredible,” says Foxx. “Especially for my little daughter, who is there for the make-up tests and everything. It’s another testament to Quentin Tarantino because without Django, I wouldn’t be doing Spider-Man.”
So what does Foxx have up his sleeves for Electro? “I’m going to keep it close to the chest but I followed the Spider-Man comic books,” he says. “And I would watch the television show growing up. It’s a blessing.”
Well, at least somebody’s happy about what’s coming up in Amazing Spider-Man 2.
More news as it develops.
In a tweet earlier today director Marc Webb revealed who will be Peter Parker’s frenemy, Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Dane Dehaan, the star of this year’s pseudo-superhero flick, Chronicle, has been cast beating out other likely candidates Sam Claflin, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Boyd Holbrook, Brady Corbet, and Alden Ehrenreich. Which is quite the lineup of young, Hollywood hunks, all of whom I’ve never heard of before. So congrats, Dane, because of your casting as the young Osborn and maybe, eventual Green Goblin, your existence is no longer oblivious to me.
— Marc Webb (@MarcW) December 3, 2012
Think they’ll play with the expected outcome and have Harry’s Green Goblin be the one who [REDACTED] Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacy? It would surely cause one angst-ridden falling out between him and Andrew Garfield‘s Peter.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is expected for a May 2, 2014 release. Below the cut you’ll find the official press release for the casting.
What do you guys think?
The powers that be behind Amazing Spider-Man II are looking to fill the role of Harry Osborn, Peter Parker’s high school buddy with father issues. The current word around town is that four actors are in consideration at the moment.
Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), Eddie Redmayne (Birdsong), Douglas Booth (Noah) and Boyd Holbrook (Hatfields and McCoys).
Harry is a tragic character in the comics with a host of personal problems including a drug habit, an indifferent and sometimes cruel father, and unknowingly, the guy that dated the woman Peter loves, all of which drove Harry into a severe mental collapse after he discovers that his father Norman Osborn was the villainous Green Goblin. Harry then assumes the Green Goblin mantle and tries to kill Spider-Man. Great tragic story telling that that other Spider-Man franchise screwed the hell up. Rocket Skateboard indeed!
Boyd Holbrook is the only one whose acting work I’ve seen so far, he was great in Hatfields and McCoys. What do you think about the group, which would you pick, or maybe there is someone else out there you think would better fit the bill?
Things are shaping up well for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, shooting starts in February for a 2014 release date, stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and director Marc Webb will all be back, and rumor has it that Jamie Foxx will play villain Electro with Shailene Woodley being cast as Mary Jane Watson. So what’s next? How about the question of who’s going to play Harry Osborn.
You’ll recall that James Franco played the part to some acclaim in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy released between 2002 and 2007, so whoever gets the gig will have a tough act to follow. The studio, it seems, has it down to three players, at least one of who you may recognize: Brady Corbet, Dane DeHaan, and Alden Ehrenreich
DeHaan you will recognize from his starring role in this year’s Chronicle where he played the troubled super-villain in the making Andrew. I don’t know, but I think he might be a tad too creepy for the part of fine, upstanding trust-fund brat Harry. The other two actors up for the role are still accomplished actors in their own right. Ehrenreich has had roles in Tetro and in Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, while Corbet has had parts in recent critical darlings Melancholia and Martha Marcy May Marlene.
For my money, Corbet looks like the clean All-American kid Harry’s supposed to be, but you Bastards be the final judges. Check out the pics below:
Source: Geek Tyrant